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Saturday, August 24, 2013 12:08 AM


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DELPHOS — For the kid in all of us, there’s something magical happening Saturday during Canal Days in front of the post office at the Children’s Activity/Creativity Tent hosted by the Delphos Area Art Guild (DAAG) and the Delphos Public Library.


Activities merging magic with art and knowledge-based experiences will begin at 11 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. The event is a great opportunity for parents, grandparents and children to spend some quality time together enjoying pure, uncomplicated play. Activities are designed to stimulate and celebrate the imagination surrounding the Canal Days 2013 theme of “Feel the Magic.”


DAAG and the Delphos Public Library are new to supporting the Children’s Activity/Creativity Tent and everyone involved is very excited to be a part of generating enthusiasm and fun for the children and parents.

Both Library Director Kelly Rist and DAAG Executive Director Shauna Turner-Smith brain-stormed the “big idea” surrounding the merging of “Magic” with art- and knowledge-based experiences that will showcase the Art in DAAG and the resources of the Delphos Public Library.

“We have pooled together a great group of volunteers from our staff, board members and students from both local schools,” Rist said.

In the main tent, there will be interactive learning, crafts, game and art stations for children. Kids can learn about and do several magic experiments in the Messy Zone! In the Make-and-Take station, kids will make their own magic/sorcerer wands. With Puzzle a Rama!, participants put together a giant puzzle with magical images in different art styles. At the Avant Artful Creation! station, children can create a colorful flower from a plastic bottle (as if by magic).

In addition, there is a second smaller tent outside DAAG where a special activity is taking place on the face of the building, Canal Days 2013 Giant Mosaic and Magic Banner.

“We will need hundreds of participants to finish this banner and perhaps we will carry it in the Canal Days Parade,” Turner-Smith stated.

Turner-SmithBoth Rist and Turner-Smith thoroughly enjoy the volunteer work.

“I am happy to be part ‘America’s friendliest City’ and look forward to meeting more adults and children through our time at the Canal Days,” Rist said.

“I always enjoy serving a cause greater than myself,” Turner-Smith explained. “A way of giving back to the community for the many blessings and courtesies that we at DAAG have already received.”

Both enjoy the social aspect they find during Canal Days.

Rist said her favorite part of Canal Days is the time spent meeting old friends and making new friends in the Delphos community.

“Meeting the people who bring this festival together and seeing their excitement and dedication to a successful event is inspiring,” Turner-Smith said. “I cannot wait to be a part of the festival itself and meeting more community members.”

Rist and Turner-Smith are expecting 200 or more children with parents during Canal Days this year.

“In the past, the number of children have fluctuated but at times, even more have attended,” Rist detailed. “We hope that is also the case for this year.”

Last Updated on Saturday, August 24, 2013 12:12 AM

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